Zoos in BOSTON with kids

It’s animal time in Boston, Massachusetts and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Boston because this The Bay State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • New England Aquarium

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    (1 miles) Boston

    Coral reefs, from the Bahamas and the tropical Pacific to Australia. Meet lionfish and stonefish, some of the most poisonous fish in the sea. Great idea for family places to visit if you're looking ...

  • Franklin Park Zoo

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    (4 miles) Dorchester

    An amazing zoo in Massachusetts, with 10 main areas featuring animals from all over the world, as well as a 10,000 sq feet kids playground!

  • Stone Zoo

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    (7 miles) Stoneham

    Highlights of Stone Zoo's collection include the snow leopards of Himalayan Highlands, bald eagles of Yukon Creek, hornbills and emperor tamarins of Windows to the Wild, and jaguars and cougars of ...

  • Brooksby Farm

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    (14 miles) Peabody

    Plenty of friendly farm animals and a small playground for children under about 5 to enjoy before learning about fruit.

  • Smolak Farms

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    (23 miles) North Andover

    Visit the Smolak Farms, you will find animals such as Baby sheep, llamas, alpacas, golden pheasants, fallow deer, peafowl, goats, zebu cow, swans, rabbits, chickens and so much more!

  • The Butterfly Place

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    (28 miles) Westford

    Surround yourself with over 500 butterflies, representing up to 50 species from all around the world, with this charming New England butterfly experience!

  • Animal Adventures Education & Science Center

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    (28 miles) Bolton

    Animal Adventures offers hands-on exotic animal programs that are a fun, learning experience, no matter what birthday you are celebrating from 1-100. Meet the animals, hear interesting stories and ...

  • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary

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    (30 miles) Norton

    A charming animal sanctuary caring long term for now over 200 abandoned and mistreated creatures that kids can watch and learn from.

  • Capron Park Zoo

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    (31 miles) Attleboro

    Combined with an award-winning playground and exciting educational programs, the Zoo is sure to delight the young and young at heart. Whether it's watching the Lions wrestle, coming face-to-face with ...

  • Tougas Family Farm

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    (32 miles) Northborough

    Family farmyard fun at the Tougas Family Farm, with a barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen, as well as family friendly activities. Enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

  • Southwicks Zoo

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    (34 miles) Mendon

    The Skyfari Sky Ride takes you over the Deer Forest, then up close to the Chimp Exhibit, onward as you “fly” over the Mandrills, soar over the Camels and Watusi... An amazing ride.... all you ...

  • Roger Williams Park Zoo

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    (43 miles) Providence

    Spend the day in one of the oldest zoos in the country, with 130 species of rare and fascinating animals from around the world, including elephants, giraffes, snow leopards, and kangaroos!

  • Ocean Explorium

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    (51 miles) New Bedford

    Educational marine resource with Living Exhibits and touch tanks, hands on learning in the Explorers' Zone, Discovery Bay with toys and activities, and a 3D planetary display.

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo

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    (51 miles) New Bedford

    The Zoo's Education Department and zookeeper staff offer a range of programs to enhance your zoo experience. See how zookeepers provide enrichment activities to keep the zoo's animals active and ...

  • The Butterfly Zoo

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    (51 miles) Tiverton

    It's all things butterflies at this Rhode Island Butterfly Zoo! A day out with the family surrounded by these fluttering colorful creatures!

  • Yorks Wild Kingdom

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    (60 miles) York Beach

    A great place to enjoy beautiful wild animals and fun rides.

  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium

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    (61 miles) Woods Hole

    Kids especially love the "touch tank," where they can reach into tide pools filled with starfish and sea cucumbers. Other displays include sea turtles, lobster and wolffish. One of many fun family ...

  • ZooQuarium

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    (65 miles) West Yarmouth

    Get an up close look at the friendly animals in the farmyard and discover how they came to be such an important part of the human life. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking ...

  • Lupa Zoo

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    (74 miles) Ludlow

    Lupa Zoo is a conservation and education institution demonstrating the value, beauty and interdependence of all living things.

  • Zoo in Forest Park

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    (79 miles) Springfield

    The Zoo features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America.

  • Magic Wings

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    (79 miles) South Deerfield

    The 8,000-square foot conservatory is home to nearly 4,000 free-flying butterflies from all over the world. One of many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ...

  • Mystic Aquarium

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    (82 miles) Mystic

    Explore the ocean without every getting wet! Amazing encounters, from the splash of a beluga whale, to being nose to nose with a penguin - a family fun aquarium experience in Connecticut.

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  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston

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    (3 miles) Somerville

    LEGO fun for kids in Boston, taking them into a world where they can use their imagination, enjoy fun activities, workshops and rides too!

  • Inside Playground

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    (6 miles) Boston

    Fun indoor play in Boston with inflated bounce, fun play-cars, ball-pool, kid's gym, books, puzzles, Lego, dolls, dress up, computers....it's play time for kids 6 and under!

  • Kids Fun Stop

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    (8 miles) West Roxbury

    A colourfully fun indoor playground for those energetic and creative children 6 and under.

  • VinKari Safari

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    (9 miles) Woburn

    A fun indoor play and party place in beautiful Massachusetts for toddlers up to those kids aged the big seven!

  • Celebration Kingdom

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    (14 miles) North Reading

    Open gym play and a dedicated indoor play area for those children's birthday parties in Massachusetts!

  • Kidsports

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    (16 miles) Stoughton

    A fun and active play center with an inflatable play area, terrific multi-level adventure play structure, family friendly mini tenpin bowling and thrilling laser tag!

  • Jam Time

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    (20 miles) Maynard

    Multi level indoor soft play, plus series of roleplay settings, ball pit, bouncy house, soft toys for infants and toddlers, kiddie gym equipment.

  • Kidville

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    (21 miles) Foxboro

    A fun family friendly indoor playspace for those creative and active kids up to 7 years of age.

  • CheerFactor KIDS

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    (23 miles) Foxboro

    Cheerleading fun for kids 9 months to 5 years where they can play and learn gymnastics and creative movement.

  • Jungle Jakes Play and Party

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    (23 miles) Pembroke

    Jungle Jake's is a fun and creative indoor play center for kids up aged from 1 to 12!

  • Imajine That

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    (24 miles) Lawrence

    An fun and interactive educational play space for kids with activities including a child sized grocery store, a HUGE dinosaur climbing structure, reading areas as well as an arts and crafts area. ...

  • One Stop Fun

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    (25 miles) Westform

    One Stop Fun for kids with gymnastics, karate, dance, a rock wall and an indoor playground!

  • Mass Premier Courts

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    (25 miles) Foxboro

    Indoor play featuring mooonwalks, cars and tricycles, slides, mini roller coaster and toddler play area. Also offers many sports and activities.